Inglewood going forward with Clippers arena plan

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Some residents fear the arena will lead to rent hikes

The Inglewood City Council cemented its support today for bringing another sports venue to the city by voting unanimously to approve (again) a deal that would help bring a new arena for the Clippers to the city.

The Los Angeles Times reports that more than 40 Inglewood residents turned out to voice concerns that the arena would contribute to displacement in the neighborhood by spurring “already rising rents.”

The agreement the city entered into with Murphy’s Bowl LLC, a Clippers-controlled company, would make it possible for the city to use eminent domain to acquire land for the sports venue. But Inglewood mayor James T. Butts says residents shouldn’t worry, because the land on which the arena would rise is vacant.

“To clarify, no one is being displaced with the sales of these parcels,” he told residents.

But some residents are unconvinced. “Just because there aren’t people or buildings in the immediate area doesn’t mean displacement won’t be happening in the city,” one resident tells the Times.

Residents aren’t the only ones upset about the proposed Clippers arena. The owners of the Forum, which would be adjacent to the future arena, took steps toward suing the city, filing a claim arguing that Inglewood officials misled the Forum owners into giving up their lease on a parking lot that would become part of the property where the new arena rises. “They’re attempting to flat-out trick people,” a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins, which filed the claim, tells the Los Angeles Daily News.

Inglewood is already getting a flashy new sports venue: the $2.6 million Rams and Chargers stadium. Because of LA’s unusually rainy winter, the stadium’s opening was slightly delayed, but it will open in time for the 2020 football season.

Well-preserved 1970s Encino house with conversation pit seeks $875K

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One of the home’s architects studied and worked with midcentury master A. Quincy Jones

In the 1992 film Encino Man, a caveman is discovered in a backyard, perfectly preserved in a block of ice. Ice did not preserve this 1970 Encino house, but like that caveman, it has been frozen in time.

From the kitchen to the bathrooms, there are many original features from the 1970s, the most prominent of which is a conversation pit with built-in seating that faces a brick-fronted fireplace and overlooks the yard. (Conversation pits are totally making a comeback.)

There’s a second entrance into the home via a “service room,” which holds the laundry machines, a half bathroom, and a built-in sewing machine.

The yard will likely need some upgrades (it’s mostly gravel now, it seems) but the large, 10,000 square foot lot could become a great backyard oasis or even accommodate a pool, the listing notes.

The three-bedroom house was designed by Benton & Park, a duo of architects William Benton and Donald Park, the latter of whom studied and worked with midcentury master A. Quincy Jones. Some of Benton & Park’s other works have popped up elsewhere in Encino and in Crestwood Hills.

This home last sold in 1979 for $155,000, public records show. It’s now listed for $875,000.

Pristine midcentury modern hitting the market for first time since 1956 asks $13.9M

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The minimalist home sits on land that was once part of Charlie Chaplin’s Beverly Hills estate

On the market for the first time since it was built in 1956—and not altered since—is this midcentury modern in Beverly Hills. The time capsule has held up well. It is the design of renowned Texas architect O’Neil Ford and California modernist Thornton Abell, who has an impressive 15 homes included in the seminal An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles.

Ford was friends with the home’s owners, artist and designer Lucy Adelman and her husband, Isadore B. Adelman, who owned a small chain of movie theaters in Texas and Oklahoma, says their daughter, Susan Adelman. She was 12-years-old when the home was built, and she now owns the property.

“I would say, certainly by the time I was in my late teens, I knew I had grown up in a pretty cool house,” she says.

Drenched in light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, the 5,000-square-foot residence was photographed in 1959 by the illustrious Julius Shulman and featured in Architectural Record in 1960.

It sits on just under 1 acre of land, property that was once part of Charlie Chaplin’s estate, says Adelman. She says her parents had purchased the estate, then subdivided the property; they kept Chaplin’s tennis court on their lot, and she learned to play tennis on it.

But Adelman’s favorite spaces are the living room, dining room, and studio. “Those rooms were built on 20- by 20-foot module; they just feel really open and comfortable at the same time,” she says.

The minimalist home has four bedrooms and six bathrooms, and the lot also holds a swimming pool.

“It’s time to sell it; so I’m hoping that somebody who loves it and sees the potential—or who just loves it the way it is—will buy it,” Adelman says.

The asking price is $13.9 million.

The Prince: The must-visit Koreatown restaurant for film lovers

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It has appeared on-screen in everything from ‘Mad Men’ to ‘Chinatown’ to ‘New Girl’

Early in Roman Polanski’s 1974 classic Chinatown, private investigator Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) sits across from widower Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) in a dark LA restaurant with blood-red leather banquettes. Evelyn wears a funereal hat with a black veil. Jake wears a bandage across his nose and arches those famous Nicholson eyebrows as he prods her: “Mrs. Mulwray, I think you’re hiding something.”


As anyone who’s seen Chinatown knows, Evelyn was hiding something. What they might not know is that the restaurant, The Prince, still stands today. It is one of only a handful of film-friendly venues left in the city that offer what Prince bartender Ryan Kim terms a “classic New York steakhouse vibe.” With that number dwindling, The Prince is a rare gem.

“I remember the first time I walked in there, it was like I had just traveled in a time machine to LA’s glorious past for a day,” says Harry Medved, who works for Fandango and co-wrote Hollywood Escapes, a 2006 book on filming locations in Southern California. “If those red leather booths could talk, you could imagine hearing tales of the heated, private conversations of Hollywood players from decades ago.”

Located on the ground floor of a brick Tudor Revival-style apartment building at the intersection of Seventh and Catalina in Koreatown, The Prince was opened as The Windsor in the 1940s by legendary restaurateur Ben Dimsdale. The bar and eatery hosted members of the Hollywood elite during its heyday, when it was located across the street from the grand Ambassador Hotel and its famed supper club the Cocoanut Grove.

New owners in 1991 renamed it The Prince and changed the cuisine to Korean, but the old-school décor—miniature Beefeater statues, stained-glass paneling, vintage red-and-gold fabric wallpaper, and oil paintings of landscapes and noblemen—remained intact.

The exterior of The Prince is unassuming, even as its crimson front doors on Seventh Street suggest a world beyond the threshold. “It really does look inconspicuous from the outside,” says Mad Men star Jared Harris, who directed a Season 7 episode of the series (“Time & Life”) that filmed at the restaurant. “You would never imagine that would be in there.”

As you hit the bottom landing, you are immediately bathed in red. On one wall, a baby grand piano gleams. Between the booths, scarlet lamps shaped like British red coats stand at attention. In the center of the wide room, a horseshoe-shaped bar summons images of tuxedoed Old Hollywood playboys sipping Manhattans. Faded elegance is everywhere.

Since its (apparent) silver-screen debut in Chinatown, The Prince has served as a backdrop for an impressive list of films and TV shows. On Mad Men, it stood in for a number of period New York restaurants, including the famed Manhattan steakhouse Toots Shor’s. In 2013’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, it was a central watering hole for preening Las Vegas magicians. Gene Wilder ran out on Gilda Radner there in the 1985 comedy The Woman in Red, while in Jason Reitman’s 2005 satire Thank You for Smoking, it was the D.C. bar where Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) hatched devious public relations strategies to prop up big tobacco.

The restaurant secured its most prominent gig on FOX’s New Girl when it was chosen as the interior of the Griffin, the neighborhood pub where Nick (Jake Johnson) tends bar (the exterior seen on the show is the actual Griffin in Atwater Village). The restaurant’s film-friendly then-owners made the location particularly appealing.

“They were willing to shut down for not a ton of money, which is harder and harder to find these days in Los Angeles—to buy out a bar that’s that cool and does that kind of business,” says Jesse Cole, location manager on New Girl seasons one to four (the restaurant was later recreated in exact detail on a soundstage to save time and money). “That bar is particularly special, just because it’s kinda off the beaten path. It’s not like Brass Monkey or one of these famous Koreatown bars.”

It’s a testament to The Prince’s multi-purpose appeal that it has appeared in such a wide range of Hollywood productions, from neo-noirs to such quirky comedies as Wonderstone.

On Mad Men, The Prince made a total of three appearances thanks to the retro interior and old New York-steakhouse feel. The show’s location manager Scott Poole had previously scouted the restaurant for FX’s short-lived Louisiana-set series The Riches.

“One of the things about Mad Men is, you had to think of anything that would be believable to be in New York. When we were doing The Riches, you were thinking, ‘Where is something believable to be in Louisiana?’” says Poole, who worked on the former show for all of its seven seasons. “And it just happened to be that that place is so versatile, you could shoot it for really anywhere. You could shoot it as if it’s in another country if you wanted to.”

Inside The Prince, it is easy to forget the world outside. The restaurant is partially underground. The windows facing the street are red stained glass, backlit so that they glow like a still fire. For those looking for a place to escape without leaving the city, it is tough to beat.

“I love the idea of great bars being a refuge from the world outside,” says Scardino, who liked the “red coat” lamps so much he had the Wonderstone art department make a “magician’s version” of one for the film. “They seem to be on their own time zone whether it’s day or night outside, and The Prince had that quality immediately.”

While The Prince makes only a brief appearance in Chinatown, it was the site of one of the most notorious on-set scuffles between director Roman Polanski and star Faye Dunaway, who feuded constantly during production. As the story goes, Polanski plucked a stubborn fly-away strand of hair from Dunaway’s head when she refused to allow the on-set hairdresser to cut it, leading the actress to curse the director and storm off set. (Tip: If you’d like to dine where Faye Dunaway called Roman Polanski a “mother *****,” request the second booth on the right.)

“Faye used every swear word in her… vocabulary,” says Chinatown assistant director Hawk Koch. “I called [producer] Bob [Evans] to let him know what had happened, and Bob said in his most endearing way…’Can you take care of it?’ So I called her agent and her manager, and I went in and talked to Faye, and Roman went in, and we eventually started back and finished the day’s work. But if you look at the scene again, you will notice that Faye has a hat on her head.”

In Chinatown, The Prince effortlessly evokes Los Angeles’ nostalgic past, even as Polanski and screenwriter Robert Towne subvert any comforting notions of the period with a bleak story that touches on murder, corruption, incest, and the powerlessness of the innocent in the face of unscrupulous forces. Though the restaurant still looks nearly identical to the way it did then, its faded ruby carpets, peeling tables and taped-up windows are bittersweet reminders of the passage of time.

For Hollywood location managers, The Prince is of an increasingly rare breed in the City of Angels: a period restaurant that allows filming.

“Since I started New Girl … the landscape has changed immensely,” says Cole. “A lot of those bars have shut down and modernized.”

Kevin Lee, who took ownership of the restaurant in June, says he’ll continue to allow filming and will retain the period décor. But some renovations to the bar area are in store. That’s not just good news for Hollywood, but for filming location buffs keen to hang like Jess, Nick, and Schmidt, or even take a side trip to Chinatown.

“[It’s] one of those places that film fans need to experience first-hand,” says Medved. “We take it for granted that LA has these larger-than-life cinematic treasures in our own backyard.”

Be the second ever owner of this Santa Monica ranch-style house asking $2.65M

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It’s still got some midcentury flair

Built in 1955, this lovely ranch-style house in Santa Monica is on the market for the first time ever. “Lovingly maintained,” as the listing notes, the three-bedroom home features redwood siding and a charming, rustic exterior.

On the inside, it’s got a few details that nod to its midcentury origins, including modular wood shelves in the living room (not original), a stone-clad dual-sided fireplace, and exposed beams that line the ceilings of the communal rooms.

Outside the main three-bedroom house, there’s an outdoor rock fireplace underneath a breezeway that connects to the garage. The 600-square-foot garage has been converted into a studio with a full bathroom and a laundry room.

The 8,000-square-foot lot also has room for a pool, “depending on the size,” notes the listing.

The asking price is $2.65 million.

Owlwood Estate: One of LA’s grandest mansions is for sale again—for $180M

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It sold less than a year ago for $90 million

The storied Owlwood estate in Holmby Hills, home to celebrities and moguls over the years, is back on the market for $180 million—twice the price it sold for less than a year ago.

The estate’s return to the market is chalked up to “intense market interest,” Mercer Vine, the firm listing the historic property, said in an announcement today.

When Owlwood sold in September 2016 for $90 million, it was the second-largest sale ever in Los Angeles County history. If it sells for its latest asking price, the buyer, Sturmer Pippin Investments, would shatter the county’s record, set by the $100 million sale of the Playboy Mansion to Daren Metropoulos last summer. (We’ve mapped the priciest homes for sale in LA here.)

Nothing has changed about the house since it sold. The owners have teamed up with developer Woodbridge Luxury Homes to mock up plans showing how the estate could be updated, but the property is for sale in its current condition and the plans are not included.

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A rendering showing how the Owlwood estate could look after thorough renovations and updates. The plans are not included in the sale of the property.

The estate, built in 1936, sits on more than 10 acres between Sunset Boulevard and the Los Angeles Country Club. Its centerpiece is a 12,000-square-foot, Italian Renaissance-style main house by architect Robert Farquhar.

It was built for Florence Quinn, the ex-wife of Arthur Letts Jr.—the original owner of what is now the Playboy Mansion and the son of the founder of Holmby Hills. It was later occupied by Sonny and Cher, Tony Curtis, 20th Century Fox cofounder Joseph Schenck, Superior Oil founder William Keck, and Joseph Drown, the founder of the Hotel Bel-Air.

Award-winning 1905 Craftsman asking just under $1M in Pasadena

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Something old, something new

Now on the market in southeast Pasadena is a handsome Craftsman constructed by the distinguished local building firm Guy S. Bliss & Son. Built in 1905, the vintage bungalow received a Historic Preservation Award from the city in 2007. A decade on, the four-bedroom residence’s remaining original features—exterior wood siding, hardwood floors, moldings, colored-glass windows, and built-ins—still look to be in fine fettle.

Not to say that the home has been preserved in amber. Updates include a modernized kitchen, full copper plumbing, tankless water heaters, new lighting, and a new electrical system.

The house’s four bathrooms have also been remodeled—some rather eccentricly. Among the more curious additions: the world’s highest toilet tank and a kooky clawfoot shower situation.

Also in the negative column: With a lot size of only 3,421 square feet, the property doesn’t have much outdoor space. However, it does have a neat little bonus building “with under floor plumbing and sub-panel ready for customization as a mini guest house or office.”

Last sold in 2009 for $676,000, it’s now asking $999,000. Open house is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Social media ‘star’ Jake Paul renting $17K/month McMansion and driving neighbors mad

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Be a better neighbor, Jake

Youtube star Jake Paul may make his 8.6 million subscribers happy, but he’s making his Beverly Grove neighbors miserable.

The 20-year-old, who first became internet-famous on the now defunct app Vine, has been living with friends and “coworkers” in a Beverly Grove rental near Melrose and Kilkea. Mic reports they use the house as ground zero for loud parties and for some of his “stunts,” including lighting a pile of furniture on fire in the house’s drained pool and popping wheelies on a dirt bike on the street.

He has also publicized the address of his home, so droves of his young fans and their parents now regularly line the streets.

Neighbors told local news channel KTLA that their once quiet neighborhood has been ruined, with one woman telling KTLA: “We’re more than happy to have them live here if they’re respectful of their neighbors, but they are not.”

Paul admitted to the news crew that he had indeed created some miserable conditions on the street. But, he said, “there’s nothing we can do.” He later Tweeted that it’s “crazy” people care about him being a terrible neighbor, because there are “bigger fish 2 fry.”

Paul has been living in the McMansion-style contemporary—where rent is $17,459 per month, MLS records show—since June 2016. (Paul is reportedly pulling in “millions” of dollars and is an actor on the Disney Channel show Bizaardvark, so he can afford it.)

The house is described on the MLS as having five bedrooms and five bathrooms. It was recently a Spanish-style duplex, but building permits show a new house was built on the site in 2016.

Beverly Grove has long fought against McMansionization of the neighborhood. Now many neighbors may be wondering, if they didn’t build it, would Jake Paul have come?

Gorgeous Palos Verdes midcentury with nautical influences seeks $1.2M

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Big picture windows, great details, and a sweet swimming pool

Built in 1953, this Palos Verdes home looks great for its age, offering picture windows, wood and tile floors, and peaceful views.

In the living room, a row of large windows and a window seat show off the lovely views from this approximately half-acre property. The cork floors and fireplace here add a nice warm touch.

A brick-filled den holds a second fireplace, as well as a “custom exterior door with Nautical port hole”—fitting for a home in a coastal neighborhood. The house’s two bedrooms feature bamboo floors, handsome custom wood closets, and built-ins.

Outside the house, the rear yard holds swimming pool with a little waterfall, stone features, and landscaping of bamboo and tropical plants. The property also has horse stables and raised planting beds.

The home was designed by Raymond E. Wallace. The San Pedro-based architect and avid boatman often incorporated his love of the ocean into his designs. Two of his best known projects were the sailing ship Columbia—which is a fixture at Disneyland—and Long Beach’s Shoreline Village.

The house is listed for $1.199 million.

Turquoise Spanish dream is filled with playful tile for $879K in Silver Lake

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This house is anything but boring

With its tiled steps, painted embellishments, tiled eaves, and gardens filled with lavender, bougainvillea, roses, and a pomegranate tree, this turquoise Spanish Colonial in Silver Lake wields fabulous curb appeal.

The charm continues inside, with arched entryways, moldings, and a fireplace brimming with bricks and a mosaic border. The kitchen and bathrooms are festooned in colorful, patterned tiles.

The listing says the property, located just above Sunset Boulevard, “is zoned as a duplex, but lives like a single family residence” with two bedrooms and two bathrooms in an upstairs unit and a studio with a kitchen and bath downstairs.

Built in 1922, the residence last sold in 2003 for $567,005. It’s now for sale with a price tag of $879,000

LA apartment rentals: What $1,350 gets you right now

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A San Pedro duplex or a Silver Lake studio?

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various LA ‘hoods. We’ve found five rentals within $100 of today’s price: $1,350.

↑ This San Pedro one-bedroom is half of a remodeled duplex about 1.5 miles from the Ports O’ Call Village (which will be undergoing a major remodel itself). The unit has a new stove and fridge, and the duplex has carport parking for three cars. Rent is $1,400.

↑ Gated parking is a perk of this one-bedroom apartment in East Hollywood. Interiors feature laminate wood floors and some carpet, plus granite counters. The complex has on-site laundry, and the rent is $1,250.

↑ This Mar Vista studio apartment is a very compact 350 square feet. The pet-friendly unit features wood floors and a kitchenette, but only has street parking. Located right off Washington Boulevard, it rents for $1,395.

↑ Just off Silver Lake and Sunset boulevards, this Silver Lake studio holds hardwood floors, large closets, and an updated kitchen. The 1920s-era building does not have its own parking. Rent is $1,395.

↑ This North Hollywood one-bedroom is walking distance to the Orange Line and the North Hollywood Red Line station. The apartment has new floors, a new stove, and on-site laundry machines. Rent is $1,425.

Plans for residential/retail complex next to Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood moving forward

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101 units, plus new commercial space

Plans were filed Tuesday for the new the residential and retail complex planned right next to Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood. Real estate news website The Real Deal had reported in May that developer LaTerra Development intended to build on the site at 4850 West Hollywood Boulevard—now it’s official.

The plans reveal how tall the complex would be: six stories. The building would be comprised of 101 residential units (no word yet on whether those would be for-rent or for-sale), plus 10,000 square feet of space for shops and restaurants, and 176 parking spaces.

To build there, the developer plans to knock down the strip mall on the site now.

The plans do not indicate that any affordable units would be included.

This pocket of East Hollywood is popping off (we’ve created a map of all the development here). One block away, at Hollywood and Edgemont, another six-story apartment complex with twice the number of units is planned. Across the street, at Hollywood and Berendo, a collection of 21 small-lot homes will replace the Center For Inquiry and Steve Allen Theater.

Head west on Hollywood Boulevard and you’ll find more construction. Two new projects between Western and the 101 Freeway are bringing 441 new apartments to the neighborhood.

Dodgers are selling naming rights to their field for reported $12M

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But the name of the stadium won’t change

Dodger Stadium’s name isn’t changing any time soon—but the name of its field might.

A story in the Sports Business Journal riled up Dodger fans today, reporting that naming rights for the field at Dodger Stadium have been quietly on the market since “early spring,” with a $12-million price tag.

Steve Brener, a public relations consultant for the Dodgers, tells Curbed that while “the name of the stadium is not for sale and will not be changing,” the name of its field, or any of the plazas or clubs around the stadium could definitely be sold.

Brener says selling naming rights to parts of the stadium isn’t a new thing, noting that the stadium already has a club level sponsored by and named for BMW. “This is business as usual,” Brener notes.

Brener did not confirm the reported price for the naming rights to the field—$12 million. The Journal notes that is a confident price tag—“considerably more” than many baseball stadiums and hockey arenas are asking.

The owners of the Dodgers, Guggenheim Partners, purchased the team in 2012, paying a record $2.15 billion.

Though they acknowledge that the name of the stadium will stay the same, Dodger fans are still steamed at the prospect of selling off naming rights to parts of the beloved stadium:

Enchanting Craftsman with original carriage barn asks $899K in Jefferson Park

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Built in 1906

Around the same time that Abbot Kinney was dredging canals in Venice as part of a scheme to create a culturally-inspired resort town à la Venice, Italy, he was also building a subdivision of sturdy, family homes for middle-class Angelenos, just south of what today is the 10 Freeway.

In his honor, the tract is called Kinney Heights (the “heights” was supposed to “evoke appealing landscape qualities”). Located in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, it’s part of the larger West Adams Terrace historic district, and it’s still filled with lovely old Craftsman homes, including this charming three-bedroom painted a robin’s egg blue.

Built in 1906, property records show, it comes in at 1,712 square feet, and per the listing, it features coved, plaster ceilings, a built-in china cabinet, and refinished original woodwork. It’s surrounded by beautiful landscaping, which can be enjoyed from the ample front porch.

The original carriage barn sits in the backyard. It was built in 1905, per the listing, but has been updated inside.

Last sold four years ago for $730,007, the property is now on the market for $899,000.

USC Village’s Target, Trader Joe’s will be open in the next month

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Half of all the stores in the development will open by mid-August, say USC officials

The new 15-acre USC Village has been under construction for almost three years and is now very nearly complete, which means that the new development’s mini-Target and (full-size) Trader Joe’s are also on the cusp of opening.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports this smaller format Target will open Sunday. The mini-Target will measure just 22,000 square feet (the average Target is 130,000 square feet) and will be the sixth smaller format store in the LA area.

“We also have a Trader Joe’s that will be opening in August and Starbucks that’s also coming in. More than 50 percent of the retail will be open by August 17,” Laurie Stone, an associate senior vice president for real estate and asset management at USC, told the News.

The $700-million development will bring over 100,000 square feet of retail space, five-story residence halls for 2,700 students, a fitness center, and a drugstore to the former site of the University Village shopping center. There will also be a collection of eateries laid out around a central, open-air plaza. Designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux, the buildings will be in a style dubbed “collegiate Gothic.”

The whole development is scheduled to be complete by this fall.

 
 
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